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Reward Offered for Information about Recent Theft of Firefighting Equipment

News Release Date: July 28, 2016 Contact: NPS Investigative Services Branch, Tip Line 888-653-0009 More Information: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1563/theft-from-vall.htm Reward Offered for Information about Recent Theft of Firefighting Equipment Special Agents with the Investigative Services Branch (ISB) and US Park Rangers of Valles Caldera National Preserve are seeking information about the recent theft of crucial wildland firefighting equipment. Between 6:00 p.m. on July 23 […]

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Big Hat Fire Continues Benefiting Resources

Jemez Springs, NM — With the higher temperatures and drier weather, fire managers are diligently monitoring the low-intensity Big Hat Fire. Located in the southwest corner of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the lightning-caused fire remains at 235 acres. The surface fire is slowly creeping within the established and reinforced perimeter. Fire officials are managing […]

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Big Hat Fire Management Adapts To Warm, Dry Weather

Jemez Springs, NM — The Big Hat Fire management team is adapting to the warmer, drier weather affecting New Mexico. Located in the southwest corner of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the lightning caused fire has reached 235 acres. Firefighters have been preparing for the warm, dry weather by reinforcing firelines to hold the fire within the […]

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San Pasqual Wildland Fire Information is Available on Inciweb

San Pasqual Fire is located on the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Fire information is available on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4841/. 

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Big Hat Fire To Become More Active With Drier Conditions

For Immediate Release: July 4, 2016 Contact: Kimberly DeVall, kimberly_devall@nps.gov, 575-829-4820, 505-412-0826 Big Hat Fire To Become More Active With Drier Conditions Jemez Springs, NM — With drier conditions, fire activity and smoke are expected to increase with the lightning caused Big Hat Fire, now at 200 acres. Fire managers will continue to take advantage […]

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Big Hat Fire Meeting Management Objectives

For Immediate Release:  July 1, 2016 Contact: Kimberly DeVall, kimberly_devall@nps.gov, 575-829-4820 Big Hat Fire Meeting Management Objectives Jemez Springs, NM — The lightning caused Big Hat Fire, now at 87 acres, is meeting management objectives to benefit resources within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Fire managers will continue to take advantage of favorable conditions to burn out […]

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Lightning-Ignited Big Hat Fire Being Managed for Resource Objectives at Valles Caldera National Preserve

June 29 update: Fire Operations Increase on Managed Big Hat Fire Jemez Springs, NM —Fire management operations on the Big Hat fire will be taking advantage of favorable conditions to burn two sections of land that were originally planned to be burned this fall. As a result of the ignitions and burn out, increased smoke […]

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NIFC Reminds Public “If You Fly, We Can’t

  BOISE, IDAHO – Federal, state, and local wildland fire agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are reminding members of the public not to fly “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” or drones over or near wildfires this season. Unauthorized UAS flights can potentially cause serious accidents and disrupt aerial firefighting operations. So far this year, there have […]

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Coyote Fire: Rains reduce fire activity and park opens trails for visitor use

06/02/2016 Rains reduce fire activity and park opens trails for visitor use Acres: 14,442 Total Personnel: 30 Incident Commander: Jay Yancick (Type 4IC) Containment: 70% Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain   Salt Flat, Texas – Rains, low winds and high humidity assisted […]

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Coyote Fire: Fire crews assess and begin trail mitigation in the backcountry to prepare for reopening

COYOTE FIRE UPDATE NPS Photo/ Richard Haas Wednesday 06/1/2016 – 1600 Fire crews assess and begin trail mitigation in the backcountry to prepare for reopening Acres: 14,442 Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Containment: 50% Fuels/Topography: Timber/grass/chaparral, rugged terrain Total personnel: 30 Fire crews continue to monitor […]

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Firefighters Continue to Battle Coyote Fire

Acres: 12,718 Total Personnel: Increase from 60 to 150 Containment: 70% Start Date: May 7, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 46 miles SW of Carlsbad, NM Fuels/Topography: Grass/brush/chaparral, rugged terrain Salt Flat, Texas – Yesterday, high winds pushed fire further past Bush Mountain ridge toward Guadalupe Peak. Fire is expected to remain active in this area. […]

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Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn project on the preserve that will begin as soon as Wednesday, May 11 and be completed within two to three days.  The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to NM Highway 4 between mile […]

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Coyote Fire information is available on Inciweb.

Updates on the Coyote Fire, burning in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, near the NM/TX border, is available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4719/.

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Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande

  For Immediate Release:  April 6, 2016 Contact: Kimberly DeVall, kimberly_devall@nps.gov, 575-829-4820 Jemez Springs — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is looking for an opportunity to implement a prescribed burn project this spring.  The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to NM Highway 4 between mile markers 39-42. […]

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